Johnstone Park

10am to 3pm

Sunday June 2nd 2013

Celebrate & recognise our unique Australian Aboriginal Culture

Free, Fun & Cultural activities
Je Be Weng Dancers, Jayden Lillyst (Musician), Emu Egg carving, Boomerang making, Digeridoo, The Storyteller, Basket weaving, Jewellery making, Djillong local history, Constitutional Recognistion, Face painting, Jumping castle
BBQ and more

Reconciliation Art Exhibition from local schools at the
Geelong Art Gallery & local libraries

“Let's talk recognition”
Morgan Coleman: a young Torres Strait Islander man, will provide a short talk on Constitutional Recognition, and invite younger people to join him and local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in discussions about the moves towards changing the Australian Constitution through a referendum.
Local schools are invited to bring their High School students to participate in this event.



Referendum on the Australian Constitution?


Join the conversation about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Constitutional recognition. Daphne Yarram, Board Member, National Congress of First People will speak about this next step for reconciliation, linked to history of Djillong - our local Aboriginal history.


Time: Tuesday 30 April 2013 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: Waurn Ponds Library

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Recognise – 13th February 2013

The campaign launch connected with the passing of the Act for Recognition in Parliament: House of Representatives

Tanya Hosch - Recognise Deputy Campaign Director

“A movement is growing to recognise the long and impressive first chapter of Australia’s national story, and banish the lingering stain of discrimination from our Constitution; including the section that still says that the States can ban people from voting based on their race.”

Jason Grenville - CEO National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

“It’s a choice about whether we continue to live apart from one another, or we set off on the next chapter of our national story on a new footing of recognition and acknowledgement.”




GOFRG has received a grant from Reconciliation Australia to do a small local project to raise awareness about the potential referendum to change the Australian Constitution.

We will be conducting sessions with 10 local groups over the next few months, including one with Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group members & friends on 19th March - 7.30pm at Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op.

See the 'Recognise' website for updates on referendum activity -

Here is some recent information from them:

On Wednesday, February 13, we'll get a chance to hear from two of the next generation of Indigenous achievers about why recognition matters to them.

This is the day the Parliament is expected to vote on the Act of Recognition. You are welcome to view the debate in the public gallery at Parliament House and be there in person to see history unfold.

Two impressive leaders, Jason Glanville (CEO of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence) and Tanya Hosch (Deputy Campaign Director – Recognise) will make their first addresses to the National Press Club in Canberra at lunchtime that same day.

They'll make the case for putting respect and fairness at the heart of our founding document, for making it even more Australian, and how this moment could bring our nation together – after so many chapters apart.

On 28th November 2012 the Australian Government took an important step towards recognising Indigenous people in Australia’s Constitution with the introduction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 into Parliament.

This Act of Recognition provides an opportunity for Parliament to show its support and commitment to constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples.





Held at Johnstone Park in Geelong, this annual event for National Reconciliation Week was developed in partnership with Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op.
Activities included: local Aboriginal dancers, Uncle Herb Pattern playing the gum leaf, storytelling by Uncle David Tournier, basket making, emu egg carving, jumping castle, face painting, BBQ and the launch of the new 'Djillong' website -funded by Councillor Eddy Kontelj.

Art work was also on at the Geelong Art Gallery & Geelong Regional Library - by students from local schools: Whittington Primary, Newcomb Secondary, Western Heights College and Clonard College.



Thanks to our funders: City of Greater Geelong, Reconciliation Victoria, Reconciliation Australia, Ian Trezise MP, Richard Marles MP; with donations from: Geelong Trades Hall, St Josephs College, Barwon Water, Faggs Mitre 10, Bunnings.

'Djillong' website - information about the history of local Aboriginal communities and settlement: see


Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group movie evenings every 2 months during 2012

Venue: Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op
Lot 62 Morgan Street, North Geelong Victoria 3215
(please park outside the entrance, and follow the signs)
Time: 7.30pm on a Tuesday evening - see our blog for dates:
Cost: donations appreciated

All movies will include some discussion time afterwards.
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